BRITT, Iowa- It affects millions of Americans, and within the last year, the American Medical Association is recognizing obesity as a disease.
The Hancock County Health System has special rooms set up to help people suffering from obesity. Some of the equipment helps move the patient, others are to make using the restroom easier.
Betty Mallen is the health coach at HCHS, and she focuses on how to fight it.
“Some of the things we recommend, are people getting in touch with primary care physicians,” Mallen says. “That’s really important, because they can start to pick up on some of those things that are going to become problems for you later on in life.”
Mallen says a lot of her clients have a hard time understanding obesity as a disease.